Olde GnarlyWine | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine
1,621 Ratings
Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Gabany
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Lovingly held onto for a bit over a year.

This beer pours out a muddy brown color with a small head. The aroma is sweet, with dark fruits and malts, yet still maintains a bit of a hop presence. On the tongue, the caramel malts and dark fruits are the main attraction. There's a bit of bitterness that keeps everything in check. The mouthfeel is thick and fairly carbonated, and the drinkability is farther good for the ABV. Overall, this is a rather good and inexpensive American Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, citrus hops, hint of caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of caramel, citrus hops, slight syrup, and a hint of dough. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flamin' Grill in Sacramento. Was cautioned that this keg has been around awhile. Apparently, not a big seller. To the waiter this was a problem, to me, a little more age on a Barleywine.

That being said, the pour is tired looking. A vague amber, no head, no panche, it just sits there all murky.

The smell is a bit subtle, but is heavy on the malt. Some caramel flavors, with grain and raisin in the backdrop.

Taste comes and goes with a heavily sweetsy, grainy, appropriately barleywiney flavor. Some sips are better than others. Occasionally, the dark fruit is overly pronounced. But I still like it.

Mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy for me, but did have a real nice stickiness to it.

At the end of the day, somehow, Old Gnarlywine is a beer where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. The taste was good, the consistency and smell were a little better than OK, but when it was gone, hey, I missed it and wish it was more. There is something intangibly great about this beer, a little, uh, sumpin sumpin (rimshot) going on. I will buy this again for shizzle.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very beautiful dark amber color and has a nice amount of a darkish brown head.

The aroma is very malty heavy, with caramel, toffee and plums rounding this robust smell.

Taste is very similar to the smell. There is a lot of malt right up front, there is a nice sweetness that comes from the toffee and caramel and the fruit adds some nice complexity. The hops are present, but the take a backseat compared with the rest of the taste.

I really enjoyed this, but would like to see how it tastes with some age on it. After 3/4 of a glass this was getting a little too sweet for me, but it's still a great Barleywine.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby copper body with beautiful beige head with fantastic lacing and retention.

Smell: Very sweet caramel malts with toffee notes. Orange and assorted citrus. Plum, dark fruits.

Taste: Piney hops. Sweet malts with backing piney hops. Burnt sugar and fruity flavors. The alcohol is hidden and the beer warms into a delicious treat.

Mouthfeel: Medium chewy body with lots of syrup. Good clean bitter finish.

Overall: Overly-sweet at first but enjoyable as the beer mellows out in the glass. A good desert barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle, sampled Feb. 2012.

Appearance: No real head, just a murky brown glass that glows with back light. Doesn't show any legs.

Smell: Prune and raisin, leather and a little malt extract. Heady but not particularly alcoholic a bit of rum soaked dark sticky fruit, dates, figs, purple grapes.

Taste: Some brown sugar flavor backs up all the smells offered. For all the complex flavors going on, it's really very mild. The alcohol has faded out almost entirely, making this fairly dangerous stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation goes almost still.

Overall: Feel a little weird making my first review of this beer from a 9 year old bottle. Been looking at it for a few years now and glad to finally crawl inside. Cellared like a champ, recommend putting bottles back for as long as you can stand it.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,621 ratings
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